Linking Verbs and Action Verbs—What’s The Difference?

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A lot of students of ESL or English as a Second Language often ask me what Action Verbs and Linking Verbs are. 

A linking verb functions as a bridge between the subject and its complement. An action verb, on the other hand, is an action performed by the subject and usually, it has an object.

Take a look at the following examples:

The cat smelled the lobster.

The cat- Subject

Smelled- Verb

The lobster- The object of the verb smelled, the receiver of the action


Compare this: 

This cheese smells rotten.

This cheese- Subject

Smells- Linking Verb

Rotten- Adjective Complement

The verb smells connects to the adjective rotten. This simply means that the cheese is not giving off a good cheesy smell but a rotten one instead.

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